Top workers command high pay

Farm workers can earn good money if they are top performers.

The top 25 per cent of farm workers can command much higher salaries than average earners in the sector.

Calls just keep rolling in

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A Fonterra milk truck outside Victory Primary. 

Fine generic Fonterra milk in for schools lite dairy 403 life

Competitor inundated with calls in fallout from Fonterra's poor pay cheque news.

Farmers shut Fonterra gate

Farmer Craig Littin says he is eyeing up his options after Fonterra's dividend cut last week.

Waikato farmers put Fonterra on notice in eyeing up moves to competitors after latest poor pay news.

Truckload of poo dumped

Robert Borst

Changes to farm runoff rules prompts farmer to dump cow poo on the Otago Regional Council's doorstep.

A 'one in 10-year' vintage

Viticultura worker Donald Naplan harvests Central Otago pinot noir grapes in "luxurious" late autumn conditions.

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

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opinion

Lively debate part of process

The Age - GENERIC - 3 June 2008 - Dairy cows wait their turn to enter the milking machine for their afternoon milking session on a dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. Picture by Paul Rovere

OPINION: Finger pointed at the Greens for misinterpretations and misrepresentations about dairy conversions in the Waikato.

Report calls for overhaul of red meat industry

OPINION: When it comes to arguments over how to structure New Zealand agriculture, it seems there's nothing new under the sun.

Guns are well ahead of butter in US

Analysing wine's cash harvest

Fieldays

Free haircuts spur agri hopefuls

Louise Wilson gives Manu Kokako a haircut after he completed the Get Ahead challenge at the Central Districts Field Days.

Students considering a career in the agricultural industry are sporting slick new hairdos after completing the Get Ahead challenge.

Wood chips and sales fly video

The sun came out and so did the crowds as the Central Districts Field Days celebrated all things rural.

Maurice Woods, a cropping contractor from Methven, left, chats with Scott MacMillan of Carrfields Ltd by a Lexion combine harvester at the annual South Island Agricultural Field Days held at Kirwee in Canterbury.

Full exposure at new site

Improved South Island Field Days site a big hit with farmers.

dairy

Calls just keep rolling in

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A Fonterra milk truck outside Victory Primary. 

Fine generic Fonterra milk in for schools lite dairy 403 life

Fallout from Fonterra's pay cheque announcement has seen one of its competitors inundated with calls.

Synlait Milk posts $6.4m net loss for first half

Synlait Milk has posted a $6.4m net loss for the first six months to January 31.

Farmer Craig Littin says he is eyeing up his options after Fonterra's dividend cut last week.

Farmers shut Fonterra gate

Waikato farmers are putting Fonterra on notice and eyeing up a move to its competitors after its latest disastrous pay announcement.

advice

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

"Gypsy Day" is approaching for many New Zealand's dairy farmers.

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

Caution still needed in fodder beet feeding

Stock will continue to die if they are not properly transitioned on to fodder beet, an animal health expert has warned.

Sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on his Marlborough farm.

Farmer outlines the path up

Working harder isn't always working smarter.

aquaculture

Extended farm gets consent

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

An extended Pelorus mussel farm has been granted resource consent to operate for another 20 years.

Green-lipped bounty all ours

OPINION: If New Zealand is to double agri-food exports by 2025 then we are going to need some lateral thinking.

Top fish: NZ King Salmon's Ora King product is considered a world leader.

Swimming with the export tide

One of New Zealand's most exclusive food products, King Salmon, is making an impact in the US.

beef

Sheep and beef prices tipped to rise

Prices for beef and sheep are predicted to rise in April.

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

New Zealand signs free trade deal with South Korea

NZ signs free trade deal with South Korea and beef and dairy industries to be biggest beneficiaries.

Supreme winners of 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award are, from left, William Akers, Laura Oughton, Judy Akers and Hugh Akers.

Guardians of the land - a family tradition

Heritage is important to the family at Broadlands Station which recently won an environment award.

Sheep

More jobs if wool scour firms merge

Wool, Invercargill

Commerce Commission releases draft determination authorising merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International.

Teen's death rocks community

Sudden death of promising shearer Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, causes shockwaves.

Gavin Mutch placed third at the Taranaki Shears shearing competition held at Stratford War Memorial Hall

Hastings shearer claims top spot

Homeground advantage was not with local hero Gavin Mutch in the Taranaki Shears competition.

cropping

Grapes give 'one in 10-year' vintage

Viticultura worker Donald Naplan harvests Central Otago pinot noir grapes in "luxurious" late autumn conditions.

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

Praying for good news

Nelson's orchard workers from Vanuatu face an anxious wait for news after Cyclone Pam devastated the island nation.

kiwifruit

Kiwifruit heads off to Japan

The first of the new season's kiwifruit set sail for Japan yesterday, with Zespri predicting volumes will be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

agribusiness

Vets warn of rise in parasite numbers

Federated Farmers' Southland meat and fibre chairman Gary Coker.

Vets are warning of a massive rise in parasite numbers in lambs in the south.

Toxins killed cows

Southland dairy cow deaths blamed on high concentrations of naturally occurring toxins in a variety of swedes.

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross will continue to irrigate estate vineyards through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off, then he will switch to storage water.

Irrigation benefits on show

Irrigation's benefits in a drought year were highly visible this growing season.

Discovery

Better deer health can lift profits

Deer

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Eczema fight lessons learned

Beef cattle are affected by facial eczema. It affects their liveweight gains, which ultimately hits farmers in the back pocket.

Farmers hear from Scottish precision farming expert Jim Wilson at a field day on 2013 Ballance farm environment supreme award winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie's property near Methven in Mid Canterbury.

Precision tools help

Adopting precision agriculture tools and techniques can save arable farmers thousands as well as boosting yields, a visiting expert.

rural women

'Timely' dairy workshop

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas on her Wreys Bush farm.

Southland's female dairy farmers will meet tomorrow to discuss how to plan for the future.

Dairy awards winners named

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

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Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

West Coast dairy farmer wins big

Dairy Woman of the Year award winner Katie Milne is preparing to rub shoulders with some of the best minds in business.

Video

Australians fly before they buy

Australians are making flying visits to the 'coolest little capital in the world' without their passports.

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